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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 04/23/2010

Restore Stephen Baldwin (just click here to donate)

By Liz Kelly

Stephen Baldwin is, as Baldwins go, a nobody. Although the beefy younger brother of comedy god/"SNL" host extraordinaire Alec Baldwin manages to find a steady stream of work in TV, straight-to-DVD titles and (to be fair) some mainstream hits, he's best known for being Alec's brother and, to a lesser extent, for his 2002 conversion to evangelical Christianity and (as yet unfulfilled) promise to move to Canada if Barack Obama won the 2008 presidential election.

But according to the site RestoreStephenBaldwin.org, it isn't Stephen's fault that he's bankrupt and can't land a legit acting gig. No, according to the site, Baldwin is a modern-day Job -- losing lucrative gigs that would doubtless have catapulted him into stratospheric fame were it not for his religious convictions:

I know, like me, you're full of questions. But thanks to a handy site Q&A (they thought of everything!), some of our posers have been anticipated and answered:

Q- Why doesn't his family help him?
A- His family does not perceive Stephen’s predicament as a matter of spiritual warfare. They see Stephen’s outspoken Christianity as poor choices therefore they will not help.

But, golly, will our money really help? Apparently so:

Q- Why does Stephen need personal wealth?
A- Stephen’s influence is in Hollywood. Hollywood worships money and without it you are seen as a loser and cannot be an effective influence to this group.

Well, they're right about that "loser" thing. But can we bring Donald Trump into the mix somehow? Yes!:

Q- What triggered you to do this?
A- In March of 08 I saw Stephen speak boldly for Christ on Trumps Celebrity Apprentice Show. Then in Aug 09 I saw Stephen and God being laughed at for his bankruptcy.

The site appears to have been launched last December, but for some reason caught fire this week. According to that Q&A, Baldwin himself had nothing to do with the planning or launch of the site -- apart from, we assume, benefitting from donations. The site creators say only that they received permission to launch the site from Baldwin's "ministry president."

If only Job had had the Internet.

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Update, 2:49 p.m. ET:

Dan Southern, president of Stephen Baldwin's ministry, just confirmed to us that Baldwin had no involvement in the site. He also said Baldwin hasn't seen any significant money at this point.

"Up until yesterday [donations] were just a trickle. Yesterday we had 30,000 hits on the YouTube video. Right now, it's more curiosity."

But, said Southern, the financial plea isn't really the point.

"It's really about people standing behind Stephen who believe he's an important spokesperson. So they're trying to help him fix his flat tire."

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A big thanks to the chatter who brought this site to our attention in yesterday's Celebritology Live discussion.

By Liz Kelly  | April 23, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Hollyweird  | Tags:  Stephen Baldwin  
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Comments

All I want to know is how much money people have sent this jerk and his minions.

Posted by: hlchappell | April 23, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Oh those wacky fundamentalists!

Posted by: DCCubefarm | April 23, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

There's a sucker born every minute, and it's not Stephen Baldwin's fault that most of them happen to be evangelicals, so cut him some slack, okay? Boy's gotta earn a living somehow...

Posted by: northgs | April 23, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

wouldn't making Steve rich again be condemning him to God's Wrath ( eye of the camel and all that)?

Posted by: newagent99 | April 23, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"Stephen and God being laughed at for his bankruptcy"

God is bankrupt? Does that mean Heaven will be repossessed?

But really, Stephen, don't you think you would be taken more seriously as a true Christian if you lived modestly? Just look to your leader if you need inspiration.

Posted by: hodie2 | April 23, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Hard not to feel sorry for anyone in this situation, especially families with small children. However, the writing was already on the wall, so foolish to take out additional mortgages, run up credit card debt, etc., when he should have been divesting and regrouping into a very sized-down lifestyle instead of remaining in that massive home.

His family HAVE helped him, but they have their own families and obligations, thus cannot continue to throw money at this again and again.

As for the assertion that Stephen Baldwin needs to maintain a lavish lifetyle to retain his sphere of influence in entertainment circles. That's just ridiculous. He's a nice enough guy, but not the brightest bulb in the Baldwin box by a long shot. Even the D List people consider him, best case, a joke.

Posted by: GinaNYC | April 23, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

It's sad that an American is forced to soaking wealth off the system in order to get by. He probably owns a flat-screen TV and Nike sneakers and eats at McDonald's every chance he gets, just like the welfare recipients he has always poked fun of in the past.

Posted by: actor212 | April 23, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Why is he still in this country? He promised to leave if Obama became president.

Posted by: Peaches5 | April 23, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Why is he still in this country? He promised to leave if Obama became president.

Posted by: Peaches5 | April 23, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Never in my long life, and I strongly believe that never in the history of Christianity have Christians been more persecuted. This seems to be world-wide. Baldwin is deep in debt, like many Americans today. The question is how did he get there? Has he lived a frugal life, a life in the manner stated in both the old and new testaments? I cannot judge. I do know that 3.2 million is a hell of a lot of money. What was it that the old comedian use to say; "the devil made me do it"...Flip Wilson.. If only a few dollars went to a group like Focus Adolescent Services, www.focusas.com they could make it last for a long time. For twenty years Focusas has been saving the lives of American children. I am told that over one million people visit their site for help a Month. That seems like a lot to me. I find it sad, but am glad that they offer a free telephone help line. They are just one of many who are working to save the children in America. When I read that one in eight American children are hungry it makes me ill. We all do what we can. Most of us do it without wanting any recognition. Place it on your scale. Is it a better thing to help Stephen Baldwin,( when his brother could write a check and settle the matter), or is it better to send a buck or to to Focusas.com or any other group and help to save the children in our country?

Posted by: Bubba20 | April 23, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Queen Liz, please remove Bubba's spam, since it's just a thinly disguised solicitation.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | April 23, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

No one is persecuting Christians in the U.S. today. They are the overwhelming majority.

They are, however, being roundly ridiculed for the first time for the absurdity of their sociopathic beliefs in the face of modern scientific knowledge.

To teach a child special creationism and the alleged efficacy of prayer and deny the FACTS of evolution is tantamount to child abuse and certainly a handicap to understanding the modern world.

Posted by: martykz | April 25, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

He threatened to move to Canada..........thing is......he didn't ask, and we have enough bums of our own thanks.

Posted by: truecatholic | April 25, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

All these comments sound so stupid...from ignorant people. When a movie star comes out of the closet, says he has turned his life over to God, he is committing social suicide. But it doesn't matter because he sees the bigger picture of life, which is God, being a good person, telling everyone what he has found and how it has profoundly changed his life. I remember when he "came out" and said he would not do any movies that were morally wrong to his beliefs. So of course he went broke. Did Tom Cruise go broke when he was spouting Scientology? No, because there is no God in Scientology. If there was, Tom and Kat would have never have joined. As for Stephen's family not helping him, well his older brother has been too busy berating his little daughter over the phone, dogging Kim Basinger, spouting his hateful, vengeful feelings about his marriage. Then you have the other one on Celebrity Rehab who left because he was caught texting an ex-porn star in the rehab, wanting naked pics of her sent to his cell phone as his pregnant wife sat at home and learned all about how rehabilitated her husband was becoming. Come on people...maybe Stephen wouldn't even take their dirty money if they offered it. Has he even asked for help? So what!! Leave the man alone, and go out and try and be a Christian, which is the example he is trying to set. Has anyone ever read how the apostles were killed for preaching about Christ...exactly what Christ told them to do before he ascended into Heaven? Grab a Bible and start reading. What you put out to the world is exactly what you will get back.

Posted by: perryaw | April 25, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

OK, what is his psychiatric diagnosis?

Differential:
1) Bipolar Disorder, chronic with recent exacerbation: delusions and grandiosity

2)Personality Disorder(s): sociopath, narcissist, histrionic

As a lifelong Christian I find it repugnant that everytime someone has a "psychiatric" exacerbation they start to claim God and being born again! It is tiresome that being Christian has become associated with being a wacko of the 4th degree, ignorant and self absorbed. For all the other intelligent,balanced Christians out there: time to say a prayer for this kook....

Posted by: enuffalready2 | April 26, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I will go with door Number 1

Q- Why doesn't his family help him?
A- His family does not perceive Stephen’s predicament as a matter of spiritual warfare. They see Stephen’s outspoken Christianity as poor choices therefore they will not help.

His IQ is a little low and he's a little slow, perhaps that why his career was a no go.

Posted by: JacklynD | April 26, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

I will go with door Number 1

Q- Why doesn't his family help him?
A- His family does not perceive Stephen’s predicament as a matter of spiritual warfare. They see Stephen’s outspoken Christianity as poor choices therefore they will not help.

His IQ is a little low and he's a little slow, perhaps that why his career was a no go.

Posted by: JacklynD | April 26, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

FOR REAL?????!!!! WTF? What is wrong with you people. By you people I mean any idiot who spends one penny or more than ten minutes actually thinking about Stephen Baldwin and his pitifull problems. I live in a ghetto city that has been forgotten by the economy and is rapidly falling downhill for the people who are already on the bottom. The ground is falling out from underneath their feet and they have nothing to stand on! And these TOOLS are wasting their resources, time, and money to promote comparing a born again movie star's return to glory and comparing him to a bliblical legend. There is no comparison. Job talked to God, prove to me Stephen talks to God and I might give a da*n. Even still I would not donate one penny to someone like him. He's had the good life, and i'm sure he can get it back without God's help...with that kind of resume, i'm sure he could get a job as a manager of a Holiday Inn or Taco Bell. I know people who need REAL help, people who don't have jobs cuz the economy sucks and the only jobs that pay in this city require you to owe more money in student loans than you make in income! God have vengence on any sap dumb enough to buy into this crap and give this idiots one dime thinking they are serving God's will, because if God would rather you give Stephen money than find a person that needs REAL help, then you are preaching to the wrong GOD.

Posted by: toledoprophet | April 29, 2010 3:52 AM | Report abuse

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